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Local high school athletes announce college choices

Wednesday, February 6, 2008 | 7:43 p.m. CST; updated 8:23 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, October 22, 2008

COLUMBIA — With National Signing Day on Wednesday, many local high school students announced where they will continue their athletic careers.

Rock Bridge High School held a ceremonial signing for offensive lineman Dan Shufeldt, who agreed to play football at the University of Tennessee-Martin. The school also recognized three other football players who have already signed and enrolled at colleges.

Wide receiver Chase Mejia, is already enrolled at Northern Illinois, while offensive lineman Garrick Williams will play for Wake Forest. Also, quarterback Jake Morse has enrolled a semester early at Missouri State.

Three members of Rock Bridge’s girls tennis team have decided where they will continue their tennis careers, according to athletic director Jennifer Mast. Last year’s second-place state doubles team, Elizabeth Worsowicz and Whitley Zitsch, have picked Wheaton College and Washburn University, respectively. Allison Wulff has decided to play at Northwest Missouri State.

Several other Rock Bridge athletes are still trying to decide where they will attend college next year, according to Mast.

One of Rock Bridge’s most decorated athletes, Lauren Borduin, will make her college decision Thursday at the school’s performing arts center. Borduin is the state’s defending track champion in the 800- and 1600-meter runs.

At Hickman High School, three students have decided where to continue their athletic careers. All-District soccer defender Liz Gayer signed on to play for head coach Bryan Blitz and the Missouri Tigers, while Robert Heath will play football at Missouri Western. Chris Mason has decided to play football at the University of Central Missouri.

Helias High School had many athletes sign letters of intent for a variety of sports. For football, Logan Freeman signed with Central Missouri, David Bax signed with Southeast Missouri State and Ben Crider signed with Air Force.

Helias also had three golfers sign. Both Stephanie Bruemmer and Megan Sundermeyer signed to golf at William Woods University, while Jessica Schepker signed with Truman State. Also, golfer Brad Moody has signed to play golf at MU while softball player Katie Pitts signed with Truman State.

Two Helias girls soccer players, Melissa Young and Caty Newbold, signed with Missouri-Rolla and William Woods University, respectively. Also, basketball player Erica Groose has signed to play at Drury University.


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